Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dear Mr. Holmes by Steve Hockensmith

If you've ever read any of the Dime Detective Novels, this book will capture your heart.  It's a combination of cowboys and the detecting style of Sherlock Holmes.

Mr. Hockensmith sent me a ebook for review (thank you).  You can buy this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.  Check with your local bookstore, too.  They might be able to get a copy if you ask.

This is a collection of short stories about the cowboys, Old Red and Big Red.  Old Red has been a cowboy for a long time (in cowboy years) and it's time for him to find a new employment.  When his younger brother, Big Red, reads him a tale about Sherlock Holmes (Old Read can't read), he gets sudden inspiration.  He'll become a Pinkerton man!

These stories are especially enjoyable because their quest to become detectives is not a smooth transition.  Old Red might be able to figure out mysteries, but the Pinkerton's just laugh him out of the office.

With a few made up words and letters written by the most literate of the two (Big Red), these tales are charming and fun to read.  Also, since I live in the land of cowboys, I can tell you that these stories have a ring of authenticity.  The Old West was not a fun place to be sometimes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and highly recommend it for anyone who can enjoy a western with detective touches.  Buy yourself a copy and check it out.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Happy reading!

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